O LORD, You surround [me] with favor as with a shield.

—Psalm 5:12

HERE, u goedheid beskerm hom soos ‘n skild

—Psalm 5:12

It seems as if at least once a day I find myself trying to find safety: to protect myself, whether emotionally, physically, financially or in any other way.

Dit lyk asof ek ten minste een keer ‘n dag probeer om veiligheid te vind: om myself te beskerm, of emosioneel, fisies, finansieel of op enige ander manier. 

Trying to find protection also spills over to wanting to protect my children. What mother doesn’t try to protect her children? Yet I have found, when backed into a corner, my protection (for myself and also for my children) is basically no protection at all.

Om te probeer om beskerming te vind loop oor deur te probeer om my kinders te probeer beskerm. Watter moeder probeer nie om haar kinders te beskerm nie? Tog het ek gevind, toe ek in ‘n hoek vasgekeer was, my beskerming (vir myself en ook vir my kinders) is basies glad geen beskerming nie. 

If you have lived in an abusive situation, you know how your life is riddled with schemes of finding safety and protection. Whether that abuse is verbal, emotional, physical or sexual, you try one way after another to try to stop whatever or whoever is coming against you (and/or your children).

As jy in ‘n misbruikte situasie gelewe het, weet jy dat jou lewe vrot is van die skemas om veiligheid en beskerming te vind. Of daardie mishandeling verbaal is, emosioneel, fisies of seksueel, probeer jy op die een of ander manier watookaal of wieookal teen jou kom te keer (en/of jou kinders). 

It wasn’t until someone really confronted me about my beliefs about abuse, and abuse of the worst kind for a mother (when a father is abusing his own child), that I heard what the Lord who spoke through me when the light of wisdom was turned on! I said, “A mother can’t protect her own child; not when it is her husband (or in any other area of a child’s life) since she cannot always be with them—only God can protect them! When we take the position of protection away from God, then that’s when we open the child up to attacks that the Lord could have prevented if we had given it to Him.”

Dit was nie totdat iemand my regtig konfronteer het oor my oortuiging oor misbruik, en die misbruik van die ergste soort vir ‘n moeder (wanneer ‘n vader sy eie kind misbruik), dat ek gehoor het wat die Here deur my gepraat het toe die lig van wysheid aan geskakel was! Ek het gesê “‘n Moeder kan nie haar eie kind beskerm; nie wanneer dit haar eie man is nie (of in enige ander gebied van ‘n kind se lewe) aangesien sy nie altyd saam hulle kan wees nie—net God kan hulle beskerm! Wanneer ons die posisie van beskerming weg neem van God af, dit is wanneer ons die kind oop stel vir aanvalle wat die Here kon oorkom het as ons dit vir Hom gegee het.” 

This revelation that the Lord gave me caused me to stop to look back over my own life where I could see very clearly that when I finally gave up on protecting myself, the Lord took over and I found the safety and security that I had lacked!

Die openbaring wat die Here my gegee het het veroorsaak dat ek moes stop en terug kyk op my eie lewe waar ek baie duidelik kon sien dat toe ek finaal opgegee het om myself te beskerm, het die Here oor geneem en het ek die veiligheid en sekuriteit gevind wat ek tekort geskiet het!

Reviewing what He’d done increased my level of trust to the point that I was able to use a few years later with my children. The first time was when my husband told my children that he was divorcing me, and then later when he introduced them to the other woman he had left me for. There is nothing you or I can do to stop this kind of exposure that we, if we had the choice, would not allow our children to go through. Honestly, if you are in my position and you have divorce papers that say that your husband has these rights by law, you need to remember that even without a written document, God gave our children to both parents (to you and their father). So what happens when things go in a direction that we had not planned for, and fear begins to set in?

Om na te sien wat Hy gedoen het het my vlak van vertroue vermeerder tot op die punt dat ek in staat was om dit ‘n paar jaar later met my kinders te gebruik. Die eerste keer was toe my man my kinders vertel het dat hy my gaan skei, en toe later toe hy hulle aan die ander vrou voorgestel het vir wie hy my gelos het: Daar is niks wat jy of ek kan doen om hierdie soort blootstelling te keer nie wat ons, as ons die keuse gehad het, nie sou toelaat dat ons kinders daardeur gaan nie. Eerlik, as jy in my posisie is en jy het die skei papiere wat sê dat jou man het hierdie regte by wet, moet jy onthou dat selfs sonder ‘n geskrewe dokument, het God ons kinders aan albei ouers gegee (aan jou en hulle vader). So wat gebeur as dinge in n rigting gaan waarvoor ons nie beplan het nie, en vrees begin intree?

Many women today run away: sometimes for the “sake of the children” and sometimes it’s for their own safety. But honestly, who of us wants to be a fugitive, to run away from their home, friends, and family, and to live constantly on the run and in fear of being found by the one we are running from? Women run because they feel that it is their only choice, but is it? Can God really be trusted to protect us if we put our trust in Him? And, sometimes, a harder question is: Can God really protect our friend or sister or my child—someone else we love when we put our trust in Him alone?

Baie vrouens vandag hardloop weg: somtyds “ ter wille van die kinders” en somtyds is dit vir hulle eie veiligheid. Maar, eerlik, wie van ons wil ‘n voortvlugtige wees, om weg te hardloop van hulle huis, vriende, en familie, en om aanhoudend aan die hardloop te wees omdat hulle voel dat dit hulle enigste keuse is, maar is dit? Kan God regtig vertrou word om ons te beskerm as ons ons vertroue in Hom plaas? En, somtyds ‘n moeiliker vraag is: Kan God regtig ons vriend of suster of my kind—iemand anders vir wie ons lief is beskerm wanneer ons ons vertroue in Hom alleen plaas? 

We know from scripture that David got into a bad habit of running. Though he had seen the Lord help him kill Goliath, he ran from King Saul and then years later, he ran from his own son. Most of us have been there. We run, and yet there are others who choose to stand and fight. Personally, I believe neither option protects us as women. Women long and need to be protected. So once again, can we really trust God to protect us?

Ons weet uit Die Skrif dat Dawid ‘n slegte gewoonte gekweek het deur te hardloop. Alhoewel hy gesien het hoe die Here hom gehelp het om Goliat dood te maak, het hy van die Koning Saul af weg gehardloop en toe jare later van sy eie seun af. Meeste van ons was al daar. Ons hardloop, en tog is daar ander wie verkies om te staan en baklei. Persoonlik, glo ek dat nie een van die opsies ons as vrouens beskerm nie. Vrouens hunker daarna en moet beskerm word. So weer, kan ons regtig op God vertrou om ons te beskerm? 

Many of us have trusted Him with our eternal destiny, when we accepted Him as our Savior, but can He really save us now from what is coming against us, or coming against those whom we love and whom we want to protect? The answer is Yes, absolutely, Yes. All it takes is walking in our faith, our faith IN HIM, to see that protection materialize.

Baie van ons het Hom met ons ewige bestemming vertrou, toe ons Hom as ons Redder aanvaar het, maar kan Hy ons regtig red van wat teen ons kom, of teen die kom vir wie ons liefhet en wie ons wil beskerm? Die antwoord is Ja, absoluut, Ja. Al wat dit vat is om in ons geloof te loop, ons geloof IN HOM, om te sien hoe die beskerming materialiseer. 

Protection, by faith, is just like any other trust: it requires us to leave it totally in God’s hands. When we trust the Lord for salvation, He is the one who does it, not us “lest any man should boast”—we just accept it. It is nothing that we do—we just accept His free gift and believe that He has done it. We simply walk in it and trust that we are saved. 

Beskerming, deur geloof, is net soos enige ander vertroue: dit verg ons om dit totaal in God se hande te los. Wanneer ons op die Here vertrou vir redding, is Hy die een wat dit doen, nie ons nie “niemand het enige rede om op homself trots te wees nie”—ons aanvaar net sy gratis geskenk en glo dat Hy dit gedoen het. Ons loop eenvoudig daarin en vertrou dat ons gered is.

When we trust the Lord with our finances, He is the One who provides “all our needs according to His riches in Christ Jesus.” If we foolishly try to help Him out, we find our finances are soon not enough to pay the bills. It takes trust. Can He be trusted?

Wanneer ons op God vertrou met ons finansies. Is Hy die Een wat “in al ons behoeftes voorsien volgens sy wonderbaarlike rykdom in Christus Jesus.” As ons soos dwase probeer om Hom uit te help, vind ons dat ons finansies nie genoeg is om die rekeninge te betaal nie. Dit verg vertroue. Kan daar op Hom vertrou word?

I think to answer that question in a new area of our lives, it helps to look back at how He has protected us in other areas of our lives. If we take the time to count our blessings, and the many ways that He has protected us in the past, counting and naming them one-by-one, it helps to build our faith. This is what I have done, coupled with looking back at the times that I tried to do it myself, and failed miserably.

Ek dink om daardie vraag te beantwoord op ‘n nuwe gebied van ons lewens, help dit om terug te kyk hoe Hy ons beskerm het op ander gebiede van ons lewens. As ons die tyd neem om ons seëninge te tel, en die vele maniere hoe Hy ons beskerm het in die verlede, hulle en een vir een tel en opnoem, help om ons geloof te bou. Dit is wat ek gedoen het, gepaard met om terug te kyk na die tye wat ek dit myself probeer doen het, en misluk gefaal het.  

Let’s begin with finances since this is a big area for many of you who are single mothers. When I was faced with this dilemma, with so many children living at home and no child support, God first stacked the odds against me by bringing my niece to live with us, then my older sister. You know, we should never be surprised or shocked or dismayed when things are piled on, since this is a pattern with God. It is His way of Him showing us His awesome power!!

Kom ons begin met finansies aangesien dit ‘n groot gebied is vir baie van julle wat enkel moeders is. Toe ek die dilemma in die gesig moes staar, met so baie kinders wat by die huis bly en geen kinder- bystand nie, het God eerste die oormag op my gestapel deur my broerskind te kry om by ons te kom bly, toe my ouer suster. Jy weet, ons moet nooit verras wees of geskok of verslae wanneer dinge opgestapel word nie, aangesien dit ‘n patroon met God is. Dit is Sy manier hoe Hy ons Sy verruklike krag  wys.

It’s then when He will step in and began to do the impossible. But it has to look impossible first. Counting and naming the times He protected me: When my finances were horribly attacked, I did not lose my home, nor did my family’s standard of living drop—instead it improved!! It wasn’t until I really began to get a handle on our finances, and began to try to control things, that I began to fear and our finances began to slowly diminish. It then took a turn for the better when I made the decision to not look or try to figure it out (which was so hard to do) that I discovered that my bank accounts were again full and overflowing. Can God protect us financially when we trust (and obey) Him? The answer, if you give it completely to Him is, “Yes.”

Dit is dan wanneer Hy sal intree en begin om die onmoontlike te doen. Maar dit moet eers onmoontlik lyk. Deur die tye te tel en te noem wat Hy my beskerm het: Toe my finansies aaklig aangeval was, het ek nie my huis verloor nie, nog minder het my familie se lewens styl verander—inteendeel dit het verbeter!! Dit was nie totdat ek regtig begin het om ‘n greep op ons finansies te kry nie, en begin het om dinge te beheer, dat ek begin het om te vrees en het ons finansies stadig begin verminder. Dit het toe verbeter toe ek die besluit gemaak het om nie te kyk of te probeer om dit uit te pluis nie (wat moeilik was om te doen) dat ek  ontdek het dat my bank rekening weer vol was en oorvloei het. Kan God ons finansieel beskerm wanneer ons op Hom vertrou (en gehoorsaam) ? Die antwoord, as jy dit heeltemal vir Hom gee is, “Ja.”

Obey

Gehoorsaam

You know obedience plays a big part in our protection too. So often, we are “perishing for a lack of knowledge.” If we violate a scriptural principle (that is a spiritual law; like the law of gravity) over and over again, we erroneously believe that God is not protecting us, when in fact, it is we who have put ourselves in that place of danger.

Jy weet dat gehoorsaamheid ‘n groot deel van ons beskerming ook is. So dikwels, “omdat ons nie aan Hom toegewys is nie.” As ons ‘n skriftuurlike beginsel oor en oor verbreek (wat ‘n spirituele wet is; soos die wet van die swaartekrag), glo ons foutiewelik dat God ons nie beskerm nie, wanneer die feit is, dat dit ons self  is wat ons in daardie plek van gevaar geplaas het.

For instance, since we were discussing finances, when we are ignorant of the command that we must tithe and if we don’t we are stealing from God, we soon find ourselves in a financial mess. For those of us who have learned the blessing and the promise of tithing, and we obeyed (no matter if it looked like we couldn’t afford it), and we simply trusted God—we have found Him faithful and full of favor as He surrounds us with the desires of our hearts, not just supplying our needs!! I have personally found (as so many others have told me too) that the more I trust God and give (not out of abundance, but very often when there didn’t seem to be enough) that the windows of heaven opened, and showers of blessings poured over me!

Vir instansie, aangesien ons finansies bespreek, wanneer ons onkundig is van die bevel dat ons ‘n tiende moet gee en as ons dit nie doen nie dat ons van God af steel, vind ons onsself gou in ‘n  finansiële gemors. Vir die van ons wat van die seëninge geleer het en die beloftes van tiendes, en as ons gehoorsaam het (maak nie saak of dit gelyk het asof ons dit nie kon bekostig nie), en ons het eenvoudig op God vertrou—en ons het Hom getrou gevind en vol guns soos wat Hy ons omsingel met die begeertes van ons harte, en nie net in ons behoeftes voorsien nie!! Ek het persoonlik gevind (soos wat so baie ander my vertel het) dat hoe meer ek op God vertrou en gee (nie uit oorvloed nie, maar baie dikwels wanneer dit lyk asof daar nie genoeg is nie) dat die vensters van die hemel sal oopmaak, en’n stortreën van seëninge oor my sal uitgiet!

No matter how much I trusted the Lord for my finances, that trust would not have resulted in abundance if I had not first known that I was told to tithe and to give (even when on paper I wouldn’t have enough), and then to take the step of faith and do it. No matter how much you believe that the Lord is able to save you, it is not until you surrender your life and trust Him, that you are transformed into a new creation. It is the same way with your protection.

Maak nie saak hoeveel ek op God vertrou het met my finansies nie, daardie vertroue sou nie in oorvloed geëindig het  as ek nie geweet het dat ek gesê was om my tiende te gee nie (selfs op papier sou ek nie genoeg hê nie), en dan om die tree van geloof te neem en dit te doen. Maak nie saak hoeveel jy glo dat die Here in staat is om jou te red nie, as jy nie jou lewe aan Hom oorgee  nie en op Hom vertrou nie, dan word jy in ‘n nuwe wese verander. Dit is dieselfde manier met jou beskerming.

Finally, I had come to a place where I knew I couldn’t do it: protecting myself or protecting my children. I believe that when we trust the Lord (for our children or for ourselves) that He will not always “deliver” us from the trial or crisis. God does not promise to remove the evil that comes against us, but He does promise to use it for our good as we walk through it.

Finaal, het ek op ‘n plek gekom waar ek geweet het dat ek dit nie kon doen nie: myself of my kinders beskerm nie. Ek glo dat wanneer ons op die Here vertrou (vir ons kinders en onsself) dat Hy ons nie altyd sal “uitlewer” uit die beproewing of krisis nie. God belowe nie om die bose te verwyder wat teen ons kom nie, maar Hy belowe om dit ten goede te gebruik soos wat ons daardeur loop.

 Most of the time, He calls us to go through the fire, to spend the night in the lion’s den, and to walk through the Red Sea. Though we might choose to avoid these situations, they are what ultimately makes us into new creations that show others how different we are, and how we have changed. Going through divorce (the second or third time for my older children) is what has made my children different than the rest of the crowd. It is what has given them, my children, the obvious godly character (what they are like deep-down, behind closed doors, and how they react when backed up against the wall). This godly character is what I want for my children; therefore, I am letting go, surrendering my control over their situations, and putting ALL my trust in the only One who can be trusted—my Beloved! 

Meeste van die tyd, roep hy ons om deur die vuur te gaan, om die nag in die leeu se kuil te spandeer, en om deur die Rooi See te loop. Alhoewel ons mag dink ons kan dalk hierdie situasies vermy, hulle is wat uitermatig ons in nuwe skepsels verander  om ander te wys hoe verskillend ons is, en hoe ons verander het. Deur deur ‘n egskeiding te gaan (die tweede of derde keer vir my ouer kinders) is wat my kinders anders gemaak het van die res van die skare. Dit is wat hulle wat, my kinders, die oënskynlike goddelike karakter (hoe hulle diep-binne is, agter toe deure, en hoe hulle reageer wanneer hulle teen ‘n muur gedruk word). Hierdie goddelike karakter is wat ek wil hê vir my kinders; daarom, gaan ek laat gaan, my beheer oorgee aan hulle situasies, en AL my vertroue in die enigste Een plaas op wie daar vertrou kan word—my Beminde! 

How can I foolishly believe that I could ever do a better job of protecting my children than I know the Lord can?

Hoe kan ek soos ‘n dwaas glo dat ek ooit beter kan doen om my kinders te beskerm as wat ek weet die Here kan?

Just recently, I felt compelled to protect my special needs sister who was threatened with being put in a mental hospital by the director of her assisted living apartment. It was right in the middle of one of our women’s conferences, and I just didn’t have time for that trial! So as I drove to the airport, I spoke to the Lord about it, after trying unsuccessfully to protect my sister myself. That was when my Beloved reminded me of how, when given the opportunity (because I had turned my protection over to Him instead of protecting myself), HE protected me, and that He would do the same thing for my sister. I walked out my faith and have not tried to protect her reputation or from the examination that could (if God wasn’t in control) land her in a mental hospital. 

Net onlangs, het ek genoodsaak gevoel om my gestremde suster wat gedreig was om in ‘n sielsieke hospitaal opgeneem te word deur die direkteur van die bystand lewens apartement. Dit was reg in die middel van een van ons vroue konferensies, en ek het net nie tyd gehad vir daardie beproewing nie! So soos wat ek na die lughawe toe gery het, het ek met die Here daaroor gepraat, nadat ek onsuksesvol probeer het om myself en my suster te beskerm. Dit is toe dat my Beminde my herinner het van hoe, wanneer ek die geleentheid kry (omdat ek my beskerming oor gegee het vir Hom in plaas daarvan om myself te beskerm), HY my beskerm het, en dat Hy dieselfde ding vir my suster sou doen. Ek het my geloof uitgeloop en het nie probeer om haar te beskerm met haar reputasie of van die ondersoek wat kon veroorsaak (as God nie in beheer was nie) dat sy in ’n sielsieke hospitaal sou opeindig.   

If I can’t trust God, whom can I trust? All I know for certain is that He is faithful, and, what may be even better is the peace that comes from letting go and surrendering it to Him. How can we seriously opt to instead worry and/or work at something, when we know we are unable to achieve, when we could simply give it to Him rather than choosing to do it ourselves?

As ek nie op God kan vertrou nie, op wie kan ek vertrou? Al wat ek verseker weet is dat Hy getrou is, en, wat selfs beter mag wees is die vrede wat kom om te laat gaan en dit aan Hom oor te gee. Hoe kan ons ernstig verkies om in plaas daarvan ons te bekommer en/of aan iets te werk, wanneer ons weet dat ons nie in staat is om dit te bereik nie, wanneer ons dit eenvoudig aan Hom kan gee eerder as om te kies om te self te doen.

Many love to tell me about a situation that resulted in tragedy when a person “supposedly” trusted God. However, when I questioned them, they soon admit that the person they referred to would often take back control and try to protect themselves—don’t we all? I think that is why it is usually someone else’s situation that causes us not to feel safe to trust God, and this usually also causes confusion. No one really knows what goes on in another person’s life, even when that person is a relative or our own children. 

Baie hou daarvan om ons te vertel van die situasie wat opgeeindig het in n tragedie wanneer ‘n persoon “veronderstel” was om op God te vertrou. Nietemin, toe ek hulle ondervra het, het hulle gou erken dat die persoon wie hulle verwys het sou gou kontrole terugvat en probeer om hulleself te beskerm—doen ons nie almal nie? ek dink dit is hoekom dit gewoonlik iemand anders se situasie is wat veroorsaak dat ons nie veilig voel om op God te vertrou nie, en dit veroorsaak gewoonlik verwarring. Niemand weet regtig wat aan gaan in ‘n ander persoon se lewe nie, selfs wanneer daardie persoon familie is of ons eie kinders.

Don’t make the mistake of looking at what you thought you saw in someone else’s life or what you heard. No one but God knows their heart condition and the entire situation. Those who make their decision of faith based on a second-hand testimony are in danger of making a huge mistake, resulting in missed blessings and being vulnerable to unnecessary hardship. 

Moet nie die fout maak om te kyk na wat jy gedink het jy in enige iemand anders se lewe gesien het of wat jy gehoor het nie, Niemand maar God ken hulle hart kondisie en die hele situasie nie. Die wat hulle besluit op geloof maak gebaseer op ‘n tweede-handse getuienis is in gevaar om ‘n groot fout te begaan, wat sal eindig in misgeloopte seëninge en om kwesbaar te wees vir onnodige teenspoed. 

Once I gave up trying to protect my reputation, that’s when my reputation took a leap of prominence rather than what should have happened, considering the situation. When I gave up trying to protect my emotions, I felt the love of the Lord surrounding my heart even though so many things were coming against me: divorce, another woman, and my children participating in my spouse’s wedding. In the real world, this would have devastated a wife and mother like me. However, because I trusted the Lord (and only because I trusted Him to protect my heart), I am flourishing and instead have never felt so loved!

Toe ek opgee om te probeer om my reputasie te beskerm, was toe my reputasie ‘n sprong van prominensie gevat het eerder as wat moes gebeur het, as jy die situasie oorweeg. Toe ek ophou om my emosies te probeer beskerm, het ek die liefde van die Here gevoel wat my hart omsingel het alhoewel so baie dinge teen my gekom het: egskeiding, ‘n ander vrou, en my kinders wat in my gade se troue deelneem. In die regte wêreld sou dit ‘n vrou en moeder soos ek verpletter het. Nietemin, omdat ek op die Here vertrou het (en net omdat ek op Hom vertrou het om my hart te beskerm), floreer ek en in plaas daarvan het ek  nog nooit so bemin gevoel nie!

The Lord has been working on this area of my life for quite a few years. It was probably more than two years ago when my life took a turn as I finally refused to protect myself from all kinds of abuse that happens when a husband is not happy. An unhappy husband often believes it is his wife’s fault and takes it out on her. (The same is true for an unhappy woman who blames her husband). Many women with good and pure hearts try desperately to please their husbands, but the problem is often not in them to fix. 

Die Here werk al op hierdie gebied van my lewe vir nogal ‘n paar jare. Dit was moontlik meer as twee jaar terug toe my lewe ‘n draai geneem het en ek finaal geweier het om myself van alle soort mishandeling te beskerm wat gebeur wanneer ‘n man nie gelukkig is nie. ‘n Ongelukkige man glo dikwels dit is sy vrou se skuld en haal dit op haar uit. (Dieselfde is waar vir ‘n ongelukkige vrou wie haar man blameer). Baie vrouens met goeie en rein harte probeer desperaat om hulle mans te behaag, maar die probleem is dikwels nie in hulle om reg te maak nie.

Changing myself (by following the principles with a pure heart) and protecting myself (no matter what method I tried) never worked. It wasn’t until I gave up and gave it to God that He was given permission to protect me, and then He delivered me. However, I know that if I had run or continued to try on my own, I would still be afraid and searching in vain for safety and security. The blessing in living through that trial is that now I know that God is a God who protects—so I can trust Him with my children. Hallelujah!!

Deur myself te verander (deur die beginsels te volg met ‘n rein hart) en myself te beskerm (maak nie saak watter metode ek probeer het nie) het nooit gewerk nie. Dit was nie totdat ek opgegee het en dit vir God gegee het dat Hy toestemming gekry het om my te beskerm nie, toe het Hy my uitgelewer. Nietemin, ek weet dat as ek gehardloop het of op my eie voort gegaan het, sou ek nog steeds bang wees en vergeefs vir veiligheid en sekuriteit gesoek het. Die seën om deur daardie beproewing te lewe is dat ek nou weet dat God ‘n God is wat beskerm—so ek kan op Hom vertrou met my kinders. Halleluja!! 

Dear reader, no matter how BIG your trial, or perpetrator, or enemy attack, God is BIGGER. He is not baffled or afraid or concerned about that thing or person who is after you. He is able to create good out of it and in every situation as long as you surrender everything to Him and trust Him for your protection (for yourself and for everyone whom you love). 

Liewe leser, maak nie saak hoe GROOT jou beproewing is nie, of pleger, of vyandelike aanval, God is GROTER. Hy is nie verbyster of bang of bekommerd oor daardie ding of persoon wat agter jou aan is nie. Hy is in staat om die goeie daaruit te skep en in elke situasie solank as jy alles aan Hom oorgee en op Hom vertrou vir jou beskerming (vir jouself en vir almal wie jy lief het).

Every fire refines and purifies. Every lion can shut its mouth. And every sea, no matter how large, can be quieted or divided with just one word from God.

Elke vuur suiwer en reinig. Elke leeu kan sy mond toemaak. En elke see, maak nie saak hoe groot nie, kan stil gemaak word en geskei word met net een woord van God af.

Chapter Epilogue

Hoofstuk Epiloog

Since writing this, God has already moved on behalf of my sister—let’s praise Him! 

Vandat ek dit geskryf het het God alreeds namens my suster beweeg—kom ons loof Hom!

First, we both let go (which includes my sister who has the faith and mind of a child) and trusted the director (who was trying to have her committed) to set up the appointment that had the potential to commit her to a mental hospital. I did not pray or fast (not because I don’t believe in prayer and fasting, but because I was not “called” to fast—I simply trusted God), and the result? The doctor told her that he did not think she needed a mental examination!!

Eerstens, het ons albei laat gaan (wat my suster wat die geloof en verstand het van ‘n kind insluit) en het op haar direkteur vertrou (wie probeer het om haar opgeneem te hê) om die afspraak op te stel wat die potensiaal gehad het om haar by ‘n sielsieke hospitaal op te neem. Ek het nie gebid of gevas nie (nie omdat ek nie in gebed of vas glo nie, maar omdat ek nie geroep was om te vas nie—ek het eenvoudig op God vertrou), en die resultaat? Die dokter het vir haar gesê dat hy nie gedink het sy het ‘n verstandelike ondersoek nodig nie!!  

If that were not enough, today, my sister told me that the director, who was trying so desperately to commit her, is LEAVING. Just like that!!! She requested a transfer. WOW.

As dit nie genoeg was nie, vandag, het my suster my vertel dat die direkteur, wat so desperaat probeer het om haar op te neem, WEG GAAN. Net so!!! Sy het ‘n oorplasing versoek. WOW 

Can God be trusted? ABSOLUTELY!!

Kan daar op God vertrou word? ABSOLUUT!!